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STEM Labs are designed to be supplemental educational experiences that are flexible and can be implemented in many different ways. Use the Pacing Guide to help make the Momentum Alley STEM Lab fit into your schedule. This STEM Lab can be adapted for a 45-, 50-, 130-, 190-, or 210- minute implementation instead of the full 275 minutes included in the materials.

Options for implementing this STEM Lab include:

  • If you have a limited amount of time, only complete the Seek and Play sections. The total time for both sections is 210 minutes. The students will still finish with experiences in both building and programming.

  • If your students have programming experience already, you can skip the Play section that guides students through forward/backward movements and setting velocity. The total time for the remaining four sections is 190 minutes.

  • An option for 130 minutes is to have a Speedbot (or two) ready before class and have your students complete the Play and Rethink sections. This option compromises some building experience to maximize programming experience. Students can then run and test their projects using the shared Speedbot(s).

  • You can reduce the time spent on the Seek, Play, or Rethink sections by not having the suggested discussions.

  • If you only have 50 minutes but your students already have programming experience and there's at least one Speedbot ready, complete the Rethink and Know sections. This will engage students with a fun bowling challenge and highlight which concepts they might need to review.

  • If you have only 45 minutes and can have at least one Speedbot ready before class, have your students complete the Play section without doing the Challenges at the end in order to experience programming a robot using either VEXcode V5.

STEM Lab pacing guides preview the concepts that are taught in each section (Seek, Play, Apply, Rethink, Know) of the STEM Lab, relate the resources that teachers can use to teach those concepts and identify all the materials that are needed. The STEM Lab Pacing Guide is an editable Google doc that you can save to your device and modify based on your classroom constraints, and the needs of your students.

Momentum Alley Pacing Guide

Google Doc .docx .pdf